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The Shades of Time and Memory (Wraeththu Histories #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  478 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
The Wraeththu, once a wild and beautiful race living on the land and reveling in their power and sexuality, have become a bit more tamed as the years have passed. And with the creation of their city of Imanion, and the enthronement of the Tigron and Tigrina, the Wraeththu have become civilized. And no more are new Wraeththu created by the Inception of human boys, there are ...more
Paperback, UK Edition, 496 pages
Published 2004 by Immanion Press
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Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved parts of this story, but it’s got a higher angst level than other Wraeththu books

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 9/10

- The characters in these later books (the Histories) seem more personable to me than many of the characters in the original Wraeththu trilogy. Their reactions are more humanlike and less removed, less controlled. Even the older characters who were present in the original books seem less distant in these volumes.
- Consta
Richard Derus
Rating: 3* of five

Wraeththu as a concept strikes me now as not terribly gay. At the time I read this, maybe I thought it was on a par with Ethan of Athos as social commentary, but now it feels forced and slightly silly to me.

And my question after reading this book was, "how's that aruna thing work again?" Can not grasp the logic of this book.
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Storm Constantine is a name only a writer can pull off. Well, that might not be true, my dentist was named Storm Briggs... but I always thought it made him seem like a super hero. In any case, I feel a little weird reviewing this book as I haven't read anything else in the Wraeththu series of books and might be a bit judgmental of some of the themes because I didn't see how they evolved over the course of the stories... but never the less I read this book and I'm writing a review based on the po ...more
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Mind blown - why did I wait so long to read this second book? Prior to using GR, I didn't stay on top of authors as well. I ended up reading this a year after it came out. This world building is just fantastic. Ms. Constantine writes at a level I need every so often to stimulate my mind.
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it
This book delves deeper into what Wraeththu can do with their sex magic. It's interesting, but isn't explored with the kind of detail it deserves.

The characters continue to have mostly the same voice all the time, but at least that voice is mostly fitting. Unlike with the previous book (The Wraiths Of Will And Pleasure), I found myself unable to identify with more of the characters and failed to understand their deeper motives, even though I think I did understand the immediate reasons why they
Feb 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I like that it is acknowledged that the characters have changed over time, and that much of the relationships that were so important a couple of books ago can no longer be the same as they were. And I love that it is not ignored by the characters. Things were at last confronted that I've been waiting to witness since the end of the first trilogy! But I think a part of me still wants the old connections and goals from the first trilogy, and maybe that's why I don't want to give it as high a ratin ...more
S. Harrell
Dec 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This second in the series really gets more into the energetic origins and capabilities of the Wraeththu, more than dwelling in the stories of the characters themselves. Again, Constantine brings to the fore the backstory of yet other past characters and there is more synergy between them than dissent, as before most of the characters are facing deep personal crises. This book was tough to read, though. She really departed from a lot of what had become clichéd writing for her (though I love ...more
I have such mixed feelings about this book. Reading it was a roller coaster of wishing it was over already and wishing it would never end. It was like a deus ex machina fest in that more and more powerful creatures, many of which we've never heard of, kept appearing out of nowhere to give the heros and villains more and more incredible powers, and it really just got silly after a while. You never knew who was going to pop up with some fantastical new magic weapon/ally that gave them the upper ha ...more
Lloyd Rose
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pleasantly surprised. The original Wraeththu books were so appealing to me that when Constantine started a new set with the Wraiths of Will and Pleasure, I read it eagerly only to be disappointed by the disjointed nature of it. However The Shades of Time and Memory, while not nearly as compelling as the original books, was much better than Wraiths. The feel of things is much different, with Wraeththu becoming aware that the universe is larger than they knew and that there history is far differen ...more
Jordan Lombard
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Series/Standalone: book 2 in the 2nd Wraeththu trilogy (Wraeththu Histories)
Genre/sub-genre: Fantasy/LGBTQ romance
Book Format: print
HEA/HFN: yes
Relatable characters: Yes
Abuse/Rape: off screen
Violence: yes
Ratio of sex/plot: equal
Well written/editor needed: well-written
Would I re-read?: YES
Personal thoughts: With the Wraeththu histories, I'm leaning toward liking the original trilogy better. Even so, I did really enjoy reading this book. Yes, there is a lot of sex, but over all, I think it's equal
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a book that I found difficult to put down. There was so much going on in this one and every subplot was necessary to the story. I thought the characters were very well developed. I really liked the introduction of Moon. I am loving how Pell and Cal continue to grow as very complex characters. I thought this book was amazing and recommend it to anyone who has read the previous Wraethu books, especially the Wraethu Chronicles. It also helps to have a glossary of some of the wraethu vocabu ...more
Aug 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
The last of the books I own on the Wraeththu series, this one took me by storm (no pun intended). It pushes the Wraeththu mythology further along it's story and out of the past. This is the book I was hoping it'd be and now need to read the last one to know how it all ends. I'm very impressed and also very tired. (Finishing this book at 5am on august 14th.)
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Wreaththu Histories, this book continues its examination of the first generation of truly bred Wreaththu and their interactions within the broader spectrum of politica and the emotions of their progenitors. Highly recommended if you like the Wreaththu concept. On my NookColor.
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Oh....lots of angst (view spoiler)......but I kind of thought it was sort of delicious all the way until the end!
What can I say? I'm completely in love with all the Wraeththu stories. The characters are so dear and familiar by now I just want to follow their journeys.
Jun 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was so good. I lover the characters and world she's created. Amazingly inventive.
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Always a pleasure, Storm. ;-)
Jul 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed it. I love anything in the Wraeththu timeline. In The Shades of Time and Memory you get more than you could ask for -- and you find out what the rest of Wraeththu kind are doing.
Dec 31, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in about 3 days. You might say that I a fan of the Wraethuthu series. But overall, a pretty enjoyable read for a sci-fi fan. I have already recommended this book to a couple of people.
Aug 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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Storm Constantine (b. 1956) is a British science fiction and fantasy author, primarily known for her Wraeththu series.

Since the late 1980s she has written more than 20 novels, plus several non-fiction books. She is featured in the Goth Bible and is often included in discussions of alternative sexuality and gender in science fiction and fantasy; many of her novels include same-sex relationships or
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Other Books in the Series

Wraeththu Histories (3 books)
  • The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure (Wraeththu Histories, #1)
  • The Ghosts of Blood and Innocence (Wraeththu Histories, #3)